Teton Habitat joins nationwide “Beloved Community” initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of access, equality and opportunity for all into action.
Habitat for Humanity joins The King Center to mobilize nationwide affordable housing work by gathering diverse community members to come together for a build day at The Grove.
Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) announced plans today to honor King’s legacy through a series of projects in Teton County, Wyoming. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Teton Habitat is renewing and strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.
“Here at Teton Habitat we pride ourselves in our ability to bring large, diverse groups of people together to achieve a common goal— lending a hand and lifting others up!” exclaims Elizabeth Ferguson, Teton Habitat Outreach Coordinator.
The first Beloved Community Project will be a Beloved Community Build held on April 11th 2018 at The Grove jobsite located at 845 W. Snow King Ave. Teton Habitat’s local effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives. Teton Habitat is planning another Beloved Community Project for fall 2018.
“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”
Habitat for Humanity is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”
Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community. Read more about why Habitat is propelling this cause in an essay by Jonathan Reckford and Tjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer by visiting habitat.org/takethepledge, and follow #BelovedCommunity to join the conversation. Stop by the Teton Habitat ReStore, 850 W. Broadway to take the pledge in person from April 1st– April 14th.
About Teton Habitat
Habitat builds affordable homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and strengthens families and neighborhoods through community education and volunteer engagement. With the proud support of one of the area’s most passionate donor communities, homes are built and sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals through an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments. Homeowners also contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes to qualify as Habitat Homeowners partners. Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated home furnishings, appliances and building supplies to help fund Habitat’s program.
For more information: www.tetonhabitat.org or 307-734-0828 or visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore